| The so-called Christian nations are the most
enlightened and progressive...but in spite of their religion, not because
of it. The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day
of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetic in childbirth
was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against
Eve. And every step in astronomy and geology ever taken has been opposed
by bigotry and superstition. The Greeks surpassed us in artistic culture
and in architecture five hundred years before Christian religion was born.
- Mark Twain, a Biography
The materialities were not invented in the interest of righteousness...
- Letter to J. H. Twichell, 3/14/1905
Isn't it odd that we should take a spasm, every now and then, and go
spinning back into the dark ages once more, after having put in a world
of time and money and work toiling up into the high lights of modern progress?
of Clemens by Walt Disney
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